Crime update: Suspect arrested in connection with larceny
Officers with the Boone Police Department Investigations Division have made an arrest in connection with a larceny at Country Inn and Suites located at 840 E. King Street which was reported on April 28.
Thursday night: Boone will buy water-intake site
The town of Boone has dived into a contract to purchase 10 acres along
the New River for a new raw-water intake. Updated Thursday, May 8, 9:50 p.m.
Futrelle secures county seat; recount may be requested in 5th District
As usual, Tuesday’s primary election wrapped up some races in a tidy victory margin and left at least one race in doubt with only a razor’s edge lead.
N.C. 105 woes top town-DOT meeting
All roads lead to Rome, but a few big ones lead to Boone. The Boone Town Council hosted a special meeting Friday, May 2, to discuss these roads with representatives from the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT).
Historical group launches new architectural book
Look for a little “dainger” in your mail box, but it’s safe to say the mailing will help preserve county history.
Watauga sheriff’s reports:
April 18 —Larceny was reported at a business on the 100 block of Broadstone Road in Banner Elk. Two wooden mushroom statues were reported stolen from in front of the business.
Boone Police reports:
April 15 —Larceny from a motor vehicle was reported at 12:20 p.m. on the 100 block of Windy Drive. Two mp3 players with an arm band carrier and charger were reported stolen.
State pipes in water grant to tie in municipal systems
Local municipalities tapped state funds to help pay for a joint water connection.
New Watauga budget includes higher waste disposal costs
While property taxes may remain at current levels, local residents could be throwing more of their money in the trash in the coming fiscal year.
The art of conservation
When it comes to water conservation in Boone, Andrea Gimlin agrees that every drop counts. But so does artwork.
Torch Club lights up Boone
While the world watches the Olympic torch passes over continents and through controversy, another torch — a torch of intellectual conversation — is almost aflame in Boone.
Local week of observance draws attention to animal cruelty
Local current events have made the subject of appropriate animal treatment the topic of many conversations. The American Humane Association’s (AHA) Be Kind to Animals Week, lasting from May 4 to 10, celebrates responsible pet treatment.
Recyclers hope public will offload old electronics
The “Electronics Age” has generated not just the era of instant communication and finger-tip information, but it’s also generated its own brand of high-tech garbage.
May 7, 2008
Breaking News: Futrelle, Butler, Carter win
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In unofficial returns, Watauga County commissioner Tim Futrelle has defeated fellow Democrat Doug McGuinn 4,215-1,930. Since commissioner races in Watauga are partisan and no Republican filed, the Democratic winner of the primary wins the general election by default.
In the 45th District State Senate Republican primary, Boone dentist Jerry Butler defeated Taylorsville resident Dwight Shook, 7,629-6,551 (Watauga votes 1,498-1,381) with four of four counties reporting. He will face Democratic incumbent Sen. Steve Goss.
Watauga County Democrats followed the state trend, choosing Sen. Barack Obama 4,570-3,645 over Sen. Hillary Clinton.
In the 5th Congressional District Democratic race between Roy Carter and Diane Hamby, Carter narrowly outpaced Hamby by just 531 votes with 39,883 against Hamby's 39,352 with 12 of 12 counties reporting. Assuming nothing changes during official canvassing, Carter will face Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx.
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News alert: Suspect going through mailboxes
The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office has reported receiving several complaints that a black male wearing a black hooded shirt and driving a black sport utility vehicle has been seen going through mail in mailboxes in various areas of the county. There have also been reports of mail being removed from mailboxes, mail being thrown onto the ground and mailboxes being damaged or destroyed.“The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office requests the assistance of Watauga County citizens in apprehending this individual or individuals responsible for these incidents,” a press release stated. Those who have information are asked to contact the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 264-3761.
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Watauga takes on Ashe Monday
Watauga’s varsity football game scheduled for Friday night at Ashe County has been postponed until Monday at 7 p.m. in West Jefferson. The Watauga soccer games scheduled for Friday night at home against Avery are still to be played with the jayvees starting at 4 p.m. and the varsity playing at 6 p.m.
Watauga’s jayvee football game Thursday night with Ashe County was postponed until next Thursday at 7 p.m. because of lightning in the area. Watauga leads Ashe County 8-7 in the second quarter. The game will be played at Jack Groce Stadium.
County Library Board meets Tuesday
The Watauga County Library Board has scheduled a meeting for 2 p.m. on Aug. 18.
It's the first meeting since Watauga County's library director John Blake said he was forced to resign three weeks ago. The local library board members expressed surprise at the action, since bylaws give them authority over personnel decisions. Blake's resignation is on the agenda for discussion.
The meeting will be held in Room C the N.C. Agricultural Conference Center on Poplar Grove Road in Boone. It is open to the public.
421: Paving a wider highway
It’s a topic that offers a wide berth for discussion. A special meeting of the Boone Town Council with N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) officials offered questions and answers about the U.S. 421 widening project.
Signs top Boone public hearing agenda Thursday
The town of Boone will host its quarterly public hearing for spring on Thursday, May 8. The first case could get hairy, as the Boone Town Council and Boone Area Planning Commission will discuss adding the annual Woolly Worm Festival as a council-recognized community event in the town’s temporary sign regulations.
Boone Police reports:
April 11 — Larceny of auto parts and accessories was reported at 6:55 p.m. on the 800 block of Blowing Rock Road.
Commissioners hear about social service needs
The Watauga County Board of Commissioners received updates on foster-care costs, veterans’ services and high school improvements, as well as a proposed alliance with the Watauga Humane Society, during Monday’s regular meeting.
May 5, 2008
News update: County, Tweetsie may go into special partnership
Watauga County and Tweetsie Railroad are exploring a proposal that would keep the Wild West theme park at its current location "for the next 50 years and beyond."
N.C. primary turnout could break records
After one-stop early voting ended on Saturday, the Watauga County Board of Elections kept busy preparing for the expected record-breaking storm of Tuesday’s upcoming primary.
Watauga sheriff’s reports:
April 13 —Larceny was reported at a campground in Vilas. The victim reported their wallet was stolen from the bath house. The wallet contained multiple credit cards and identification.
Boone Police reports:
April 7 — A simple physical assault was reported at 12:59 a.m. on the 500 block of Old East King Street.
Todd community launches newest farmers’ market
The farmers’ market business is growing along with the popularity of local food and crafts, as a new farmers’ market has started in Todd.
The Watauga County Cooperative Extension Service is kicking off a series to create a greener and more sustainable world.
Negotiations move but little public information about Boone Post Office
Negotiations are under way concerning the future of the downtown Boone post office.